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Mysticism in early modern England

Author: Liam Peter Temple
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 2019.
Series: Studies in modern British religious history, v. 38.
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Mysticism in Early Modern England examines a vital juncture in the history of Christian mysticism. Exploring both Catholic and Protestant views across the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the book argues for a re-evaluation of the cross-denominational appeal of mystical spirituality. It traces the mysticism of figures such as the Benedictine Augustine Baker, the Familist preacher John Everard, the  Read more...
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History
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Temple, Liam Peter.
Mysticism in early modern England.
Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1057625724
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Liam Peter Temple
ISBN: 9781787445017 1787445011
OCLC Number: 1102321295
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 221 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Frontcover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 English Benedictine Mysticism, 1605-1655; 2 Mysticism and Heterodoxy in Revolutionary England, 1625-1655; 3 Mysticism, Melancholy and Pagano-Papism, 1630-1670; 4 Rationality and Mysticism in the Restoration, 1660-1690; 5 Mysticism and the Philadelphian Moment, 1650-1705; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Studies in modern British religious history, v. 38.
Responsibility: Liam Peter Temple.

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Mysticism in Early Modern England examines a vital juncture in the history of Christian mysticism. Exploring both Catholic and Protestant views across the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the book argues for a re-evaluation of the cross-denominational appeal of mystical spirituality. It traces the mysticism of figures such as the Benedictine Augustine Baker, the Familist preacher John Everard, the millenarian Jane Lead, and the Cambridge Platonist writers Henry More and John Worthington. At the same time, it explores the arguments of a number of early modern critics including Meric Casaubon and Edward Stillingfleet, who viewed mysticism with suspicion and ridicule, a product of melancholy and madness incompatible with learned theological and doctrinal discussions. The book contends that the early modern period ultimately saw the association of mysticism with sectarianism, radicalism and religious enthusiasm, resulting in a negative connotation that lasted well into the twentieth century. It also explores connections between England and the Continent, suggesting that parallel and interconnected criticisms of mysticism occurred in France, Italy and Germany over the period. In analysing this significant change in attitude towards mysticism, the book suggests that recent scholarly attempts to 'return' mysticism to modern religious institutions and mainstream histories of religion can be viewed as a direct response to the rejection of mysticism in the early modern period.

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